(Sporting Alert) — Didier Drogba has been handed a starting place for Ivory Coast for tonight’s African Nations Cup clash with Nigeria tonight.
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The former Chelsea striker, who had a poor start to the tournament, was dropped for the second game before Coast Sabri Lamouchi recalled his skipper for the final group game.
It was a tussle between Drogba or Lacina Traore for the forward slot and Lamouchi has decided to go with his more experienced player.
Also starting for the Ivory Coast are Yaya Toure, Salomon Kalou, who keeps his place in the team, while Sol Bamba and Didier Zokora start at the back.
Cheick Tiote and Gervinho also start tonight for the Elephants.
Meanwhile, Joseph Yobo remains on the bench for Nigeria.
Ogenyi Onazi and Brown Ideye replaced the suspended Fegor Ogude, Ike Uche.
Ivory Coast v Nigeria Starting Teams
Ivory Coast: Barry; Eboue, Zokora, Bamba, Tiene; Tiote, Romaric, Y Toure, Gervinho; Kalou, Drogba.
Subs: Yeboah, Kone, Boka, Kolo Toure, Razak, Bony, Ya Konan, Ismael Traore, Gradel, Lacina Traore, Lolo, Ali Sangare
Nigeria: Enyeama; Echiejile, Omeruo, Oboabona, Ambrose; Mba, Onanzi, Mikel, Moses; Ideye, Emenike.
Subs: Ejide, Yobo, Egwueke, Obiorah, Musa, Gabriel, Uche, Uzoenyi, Igiebor,Oshaniwa, Agbim
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)